Sports Personality of The Year 2008

Well done to Chris Hoy, tonight named BBC Sports Personality of The Year at Liverpools Echo Arena.   Chris was picked by the public throgh a telephone vote.   The night was a star studded affair (no, sadly I wasn’t there) I watched it on the TV like millions of others.    Well done also to Lewis Hamilton, runner up and Rebecca Addlington for coming third.

A very special congrats to the footballing legend, Sir Bobby Charlton on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, the standing ovation and the applause is a measure of the esteem that this country holds for him.

Every sportsman, and sportswoman, including our paralympians should be proud of what they have achieved, and continue to achieve, they are all winners in my eyes.

We Will Remember Them

web-remembrance-sunday-moreton-9-nov-2008-002This morning along with Councillors Simon Mountney, Ian Lewis and Suzanne Moseley I attended the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph at the Royal British Legion, Pasture Road, Moreton.  The service conducted by Branch Chaplain, Barrie Redmore was as usual very well attended, I guess today there was between 150 to 200 people there.    Whilst Simon laid the wreath on behalf of Wirral Council, it was my honour to lay a wreath on behalf of the Local Conservatives.

Edge of The Seat Stuff!

Yes Lewis Hamilton, thats were you had the nation this evening.  With four laps of the Brazilian Grand Prix  to go you were cruising to the F1 World Championship, then the rain, change of tyres and passed by Vettell and suddenly with half a lap to go, the Championship was lost.    Then on the last corner you passed Glock, claimed fifth place back and took the World Championship…..   You could not write a better script.   Congratulations Lewis Hamilton, youngest ever Formula One racing World Champion.

Good Luck Lewis Hamilton

Tomorrow sees the last race of the Formula One (F1) season.   The final race is taking place at Interlagos in Brazil and Lewis goes into the race with a 7 point lead over nearest rival, Felipe Massa for the World Championship.    The whole of Britain is behind you Lewis, lets not have a repeat of last year when the title was so close, yet so far away.    Most of all let’s hope it’s a great race and all the drivers return safely.

Bermuda Road, Action at Last by the Council!

After what seems a lifetime of lobbying by me (pictured above) and my colleagues, Cllr Simon Mountney and Cllr Suzanne Moseley, ably supported by the Brooke Residents Association, Wirral Council has finally put some signage up warning speeding motorists on Bermuda Road to ‘Slow Down’.   This road is one of many in Moreton that suffers with speeding traffic and this action is long overdue.  Our thanks also to Merseyside Police for deploying Traffic Community Support Officers at this location with the speed gun.  If you fall foul of them expect a £60 fine.   We would urge all drivers in our town, whether residents or visitors to drive carefully, and within the speed limits, particularly in residential areas.

Called In!

Not only do Wirral partnership Homes want to demolish some of its high rise blocks, it also wants to change its constitution so that decisons can be made by the Board without ANY of the five Council nominated representatives being present.    And guess what the Labour led Council Cabinet have agreed to let them do it.   That is one decision that we will challenge using the Council’s Call In mechanism.   You can read the reasons for our Call in by clicking here.    What the Call In means is that a special committee will look at the Cabinet decision and decide if they want to ask cabinet to change its mind, an unlikely outcome, as the committee is dominated by a majority of Labour and Lib Dem bed partners who will simply want to rubber stamp their masters decision!   Democracy they can’t even spell it, never mind practice it.

Tour of Britain Cycle Race

This weekend see the culmination of the Tour of Britain Cycle Race, with the final stage taking place tomorrow.    Beginning in Blackpool, the riders will arrive in Liverpool city centre at speed to contest six laps of a circuit that will take them past iconic landmarks, like the Three Graces, The Town Hall and the Walker Art Gallery.   The peleton is expected to sprint into Liverpool at about 2:25pm with the completion of the race shortly after.  Read more here